BLOG: Denver 51, Lady Tops 50 (final)

Senior guard Amy McNear drives toward the basket during Wednesday night’s game against Denver in Diddle Arena. The Lady Toppers lost, 51-50.

Cole Claybourn

The Lady Toppers (5-8) return home Wednesday for a game against Denver in Diddle Arena. WKU is already 2-0 in the Sun Belt and is coming off a come-from-behind win in overtime at Arkansas State Sunday. Follow beat writer Cole Claybourn for updates throughout the game.

FINAL: Denver 51, Lady Tops 50

Denver scores after a Lady Tops turnover to get it within two and Hope Brown misses three late in to the possession. Arnika Brown comes up with a huge rebound, but Hope Brown turns it over and McNear commits a foul. Denver makes one of two.

Lady Tops turn the ball right back over and Denver can takes the lead.

Hope Brown misses a three and LaTeira Owens misses the put-back that would’ve won it.

2:12 Lady Tops 50, Denver 46

Huge 3-pointer by Hope Brown as Denver was making a run, but Denver answers with a three of their own to keep the game within reach.

5:47 Lady Tops 45, Denver 35

Hope Brown is the only Lady Topper in double figures right now with 10 points. Amy McNear and Arnika Brown both have 8. 

7:21 Lady Tops 44, Denver 35

Lady Tops go on an 11-4 run during the last stretch. Still shooting just 34.1 percent, but still in the lead.

11:31 Lady Tops 33, Denver 31

Teranie Thomas was just called for her third foul. However, the Lady Tops are still clinging to a slim lead.

Arnika Brown is now back in the game, even with three fouls. Lady Toppers need to try to take advantage of having her in the game before she picks up a fourth foul.

15:41 Lady Tops 27, Denver 27

Fans are not at all happy with the refs tonight. However, refs have been pretty even with the foul count – WKU had 9 and Denver has 10.

16:22 Lady Tops 27, Denver 24

Arnika Brown picked up her third foul with 17:10 left to play and is now back on the bench. Jasmine Johnson is in for her.

Janae Howard is now sitting on the bench with a sling on her left arm. Not really sure what caused it. Hopefully we’ll get more information on that later.

Halftime Lady Tops 21, Denver 20

Lots of fouls in the last couple minutes, but the Lady Tops will take a one-point lead in to the half after trailing for most of the half. Lady Tops are shooting 8-27 from the field with six turnovers while Denver is 9-19 with 11 turnovers. Arnika Brown leads WKU with six points.

2:47 Lady Tops 19, Denver 18

Lady Tops force Denver in to a shot clock violation, which leads us to the final media timeout of the half. Momentum clearly with the Lady Tops right now.

3:19 Lady Tops 19, Denver 18

Arnika Brown is back in the game. Jasmine Johnson is seeing her first action. This helped spark a 9-0 run by the Lady Toppers to help get them their first lead of the game. Timeout called by Denver.

7:57 Denver 18, Lady Tops 10

Denver hits a 3-pointer and the Lady Tops are called for a 3-second violation. The offense looks out of rhythm without Hope and Arnika Brown. Lady Tops are now 3-16 from the field.

8:45 Denver 15, Lady Tops 10

Solid defensive stand by Lady Tops. Keisha Mosley blocks a shot as time expires on the shot clock, then LaTeira Owens scores on the other end. Lady Tops with a little momentum now, but still shooting poorly – 3-15

11:51 Denver 10, Lady Tops 6

Now Hope Brown has two fouls. She goes to the bench and Teranie Thomas is in for her. Lady Tops are 2-9 from the field, while Denver is 5-8.

15:54 Denver 6, Lady Tops 2

WKU is 0-4 from the field. Only two points have come off of free-throws. Denver is 3-4 from the field.

Arnika Brown picks up two early fouls. Keisha Mosley checks in for her. Denver is up 4-2.

Pregame: Starting Lineup: Amy McNear, Hope Brown, LaTeira Owens, Arnika Brown, and Vanessa Obafemi